Chelsea attacker Christian Pulisic has given the green light to a Newcastle transfer, and the fee Eddie Howe’s side hope to close a deal for has emerged, per reports.
The American winger, 24, continues to struggle for regular minutes at Stamford Bridge. Pulisic was signed as the de factor Eden Hazard replacement back in 2019. While he’s shown he is an incredibly threatening attacker on his day, those occasions have becoming frustratingly rare.
Indeed, since Graham Potter took charge, Pulisic has racked up just 84 minutes of action. He was an unused substitute in both victories over AC Milan in the Champions League, though did score on his only start against Wolves.
Pulisic was linked with a move away last summer. Juventus emerged as a serious candidate to bring him on board.
Manchester United were surprisingly linked late in the summer window amid shock talk of a swap involving Harry Maguire.
However, according to journalist Simon Phillips, it was Newcastle who were the biggest threat.
He previously told Give Me Sport: “I’m told, in the summer, Newcastle were a lot closer to signing Pulisic than Juventus.
“They really wanted him on loan but, obviously, Chelsea weren’t going to do that. They only wanted to sell him permanently if they were going to let him go.”
Fast forward a few months and a fresh report out of Spain claims Newcastle are now ready to sign Pulisic outright.
Pulisic green lights Newcastle transfer?
Via Caught Offside, it’s claimed Newcastle have ‘already received a yes’ from Pulisic with regards to a January swoop. In their words, it’s now only ‘necessary to agree a deal with Chelsea for the winger.’
On that subject, the report claims Newcastle have earmarked €40m (approx. £35m) for the move. That is some way below the £58m Chelsea paid Borussia Dortmund back in 2019.
However, if Chelsea and Potter do not view Pulisic as a vital part of their plans, £35m would represent a decent return to put towards new arrivals.
Christopher Nkunku is one such player expected to become a Blue in 2023. Another target previously managed by Potter has opened up on when his own move could come too.
Pulisic’s current Chelsea deal expires in 2024. There is no club option for an extra 12 months, meaning his future is likely to come to a head in 2023 one way or another.
In his latest press conference, Potter spoke about Pulisic’s gametime – or lack thereof – and insisted he must always put club before player.
Pulisic is understood to have grown frustrated by his lack of action under former boss Thomas Tuchel. The same scenario appears to be unfolding with Potter.
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Potter choosing head over heart
“You can imagine my focus is on Chelsea,” said Potter (via the Evening Standard).
“I understand that all the players have ambition and want to play for different reasons; for their families, careers, finances or World Cups. That’s all fine but it’s my job to select the right team for whatever game.
“I am not saying I am right all the time, I am not but somebody has got to make the call. With Christian, I would say he has been fantastic around the place, been really good with teammates, and contributed against Wolves.
“He is pushing for a place, pushing for a start. Things change quickly in football and he needs to be ready.”
If the chances Potter alluded to do not come, Pulisic may wind up at St. James’ Park in the new year.